Hi Steve O. and anyone else who wants to chime in, Steve, I am reading your book and loving it. Your having gone through so much excruciating pain and finding your way out of it is such a blessing to the rest of us! I'm on the part now about where you gave up physical practices to help your back and reading some gem quotes in there, such as "As long as he (the sufferer) is in any way preoccupied by what his body is doing, the pain will continue" (Sarno, HBP). I have been attached to a Feldenkrais-related modality called the Anat Baniel Method, even done some training in it. I need to decide already whether to let it go. Professionally it has cool applications to healing brain injuries (this aspect of it is not placebo work), but it is also widely used for treating pain issues, which is where the possible danger comes in with me. It is not the same as physical therapy because it does not teach "right positions" or "right alignment" but rather improving (mind-body) connections in the brain and calming down the nervous system. I feel that this second aspect gives me the most pain relief — the calming of the nervous system when even just a few minutes of this work can pull me down from a fight-or-flight state into the relaxation response. So for that reason I argue to myself that it isn't really a "structural" approach. But on the other hand, it does involve a lot of body awareness, movement sequences, noting connections between different parts, and learning new ways to move that don't cause pain (and not specifically addressing emotions), so then I argue to myself that maybe it really is too structural to do and still heal TMS. And finally, it's pretty common that I will get some good relief from it but it will only last minutes or hours or sometimes a couple days...but never has cured anything, and I've been playing with it for years. In fact the relief and bliss I sometimes get...can make the pain seem worse when it snaps back into full force. Hasn't seemed to touch the underlying TMS mechanism. But still I have this notion that it could be healthy for me. Also in practicing this work on others, and other types of body work that I've learned, I have an ability to make people feel reallly good. That is something sort of irresistible as a people pleaser, though it is enraging at the same time. So there are different layers going on, personally & professionally. But I wanna do what it takes to heal!!! So I am thinking there are still some conflicts in my approach to TMS healing that are slowing me down. (The conflict itself ties me up in knots, kind of ironic.) I thought I would expose this particular one and see what response I get. Thank you soooooo much.